WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed held a round table of financial aid representatives from eight Western New York colleges Friday morning at Finger Lakes Community College. The meeting follows one Reed organized with eleven Western New York college and university presidents and leaders held at Elmira College earlier last week. The forums were focused on the cost of higher education, how to make college more affordable, and the difficulty entering the job market for recent college graduates.
The Corning Republican said that colleges are being impacted by the struggling economy much more than many realize, and that the cost of doing business for colleges – from community colleges to major universities – is rising rapidly. He pointed to facility maintenance, utility costs, food service costs, and regulatory and compliance costs as all negatively impacting their ability to offer an affordable college education.
The meetings are the beginning of a long-term education initiative in Reed’s office. Institutions represented at one or both of the meetings included SUNY Fredonia, St. Bonaventure University, Alfred University, Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester and several others.